3 MAIN REASONS DAMAGE is increasing at TRUCK STOPS
This is a relatively new phenomenon in the trucking industry caused by a combination of things.
Longer Trucks — The parking lots haven’t grown along with the number of trucks in the trucking industry. Most of the existing truck stops were built in the 1970’s when trucks were much shorter in length. The trailers have increased in length by 13′ and they are 6″ wider since the ’70’s. The increased length of trucks has certainly contributed to the increased amount of damage sustained.
Driver Trainers Teaching in These Parking Lots — driver trainers from the big carriers bringing their trainees to these big parking lots to practice their backing up skills.
POORLY TRAINED DRIVERS — THE BIGGEST REASON THERE’S SO MUCH DAMAGE IN THESE PARKING AREAS, IS THE HUGE INFLUX OF POORLY TRAINED, UNSKILLED DRIVERS WHO HAVE ENTERED OUR INDUSTRY.
Following are tips for defensive parking